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Daily News Analysis


20th January, 2023 Environment

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Context: Birders and ornithologists in the Kerala State have a good piece of news from Kannur district’s Ezhome village where a winged friend from the Sedge Warbler migratory bird family, that is known for its daring crossing of the Sahara to reach its breeding grounds in Europe and some parts of Asia, has alighted.


  • The sedge warbler is a medium-sized bird with complex songs and interesting mating behavior.
  • They have an extensive range that covers three continents and migrates long distances to their breeding and wintering grounds.
  • Sedge Warblers are insectivores in nature and frequently seen amidst the shrubs to hunt for insects.
  • Its pit-stop at Ezhome is now rich with the shrub-Schoenoplectus litoralis, which is popular among the local residents as ‘Urunippotta’, attracting the bird.
  • Birdwatchers are now excited to name these new feathered friends locally as “Pottakuruvi” to introduce them to the Kerala community.

Sedge Warbler Scientific Classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Acrocephalidae
  • Genus: Acrocephalus
  • Scientific Name: Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Sedge Warbler Conservation Status:

Least Concern

Sedge Warbler Locations:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe